Easy Pizza in a Pinch

Ball Park's Easy Pizza in a Pinch, with a side of marinara sauce
20 minutes
10 minutes
30 minutes

Get all the flavor of pizza – without the hassle of making or buying pizza dough. You can split the hot dog buns in half along the fold to make appetizer-size portions, or you can leave the buns whole for minipizzas. These come together quickly – a bonus when time is short.



    • 8 Ball Park® Hot Dog Buns
    • 2 cups plain canned tomato sauce
    • 3 teaspoons garlic granules
    • 3 teaspoons dried Italian herb blend
    • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 pound mild Italian sausage, crumbled, cooked and drained on paper towels
    • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon garlic granules
    • 1 teaspoon dried Italian herb blend
    • 1/2 pound pepperoni slices
    • 1 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    • Fresh oregano sprigs, optional
    • Crushed red pepper, optional


  1. To make the sauce, combine tomato sauce, garlic, herbs, paprika, salt and pepper in a sauce pan over medium-high heat.
  2. When sauce bubbles, reduce to a low simmer and stir. Cover and allow to simmer over very low heat for 15 minutes.
  3. Crumble Italian sausage in a pan and cook over medium heat until no longer pink, about 15 minutes. Drain over paper towels. Set aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  5. Mix olive oil, garlic and herb blend in a small bowl.
  6. Open hot dog buns and arrange on sheet pans covered in foil.
  7. Separate buns in halves along the folds if you want to make 16 appetizers; leave whole if you want to make 8 pizzas.
  8. Brush the buns with the olive oil mixture.
  9. Toast buns in the oven for about 5 minutes, just until edges begin to brown.
  10. Remove pan from oven and spread each of the buns with the warm tomato sauce.
  11. Top with browned Italian sausage, pepperoni slices, Mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses.
  12. Return pan to the oven and bake at 400 degrees for 5 to 10 minutes or until cheeses are bubbling.
  13. Serve garnished with fresh oregano leaves and crushed red pepper, if desired.

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